During our Engine 2 Challenge the meal plan called for Pancakes 3 out of the 4 Sundays. No complaints here! And to my surprise, no complaints from John either 🙂 We’re finished with the “challenge” meal plan now, but seeing that John did get results from participating in it he has been much more agreeable to following along with my new vegan diet.
Over the course of the last month we both looked forward to Sunday morning breakfasts because of the fluffy pillows of yumminess that awaited us each week-end (Sorry, too much Downton Abbey for me!). I don’t see why simply because we’ve finished following the Engine 2 meal plan that we can’t keep pancakes in our schedules on Sundays. I figured why not keep this ritual going and discover what new scrumptious pancake recipes we can come up every weekend!
The first week we made the suggested spelt pancakes, but we didn’t have strawberries so I substituted in dried cranberries with walnuts as a topping. The second week I didn’t think John would go for the lemon pancakes (I never knew John was such a picky eater until working my butt off to create vegan recipes that he wouldn’t complain about…) so, I just threw some non-dairy chocolate chips into the regular E2 spelt pancake recipe. The third week John asked me to add blueberries to the batter.. he has been very particular about each of the E2 recipes, and I was excited to tell him that the “real” E2 recipe called for blueberries! Surprisingly, he loved it, and we had them for the last two weeks of the challenge in a row. This past weekend John suggested creating a topping with the blueberries, rather than mixing them into the batter itself. As delicious as all of the new vegan E2 recipes have been, I was pretty bored following most of them to the “T”, and I was up for a little bit of a challenge. I created a blueberry compote that was ah-may-zing! It was very simple and very delicious. I can tell you with confidence that it was good because John himself approved of it.
The first picture is of my fancy pants pancakes. The other two are plain pancakes with a silly spatula we got as a neat Christmas present 🙂
Spelt Pancakes (Found Here: E2 Spelt Pancakes.)
*I always make half a recipe, and it’s enough for John and I to save half for freezing/heating up as a weekday treat! This makes 6 thick puffy pancakes, but if you prefer thinner pancakes add about 1/4-1/2 cup more non-dairy milk, which will get you 8.
1 cup Oat Flour
1 cup Spelt Flour
2 tbsp Flax Meal
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1 cup frozen blueberries
3 tbsp water
1 tsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp sweetener of your choice (I used coconut sugar)
For the pancakes:
1. Whisk the flours, baking powder, flax meal, and salt together in a large bowl.
Combine the wet ingredients in another bowl. (I usually just toss the wet ingredients directly into the well with combining in a separate bowl.. I hate dirty dishes!!)
2. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir the batter just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened: it will seem very thin, but it will thicken.
3. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes (spelt flour takes a little longer to absorb liquids). If you can’t wait, your pancakes won’t be as crisp.
4. After the batter has rested, fold in blueberries.
5. Heat a dry skillet until a drop of water dances on its surface. Spraying the skillet once should allow for three batches of pancakes.
6. Ladle a large scoop of batter into the pan. Several pancakes can be cooked at once if you’re using a large skillet.
7. Cook until the batter begins to bubble and the bottom of the pancake is golden.
8. Flip and cook on the other side until both sides are golden (about a minute or 2).
For the Compote:
1. Add the blueberries to a small saucepan with the water and sprinkle in the sugar. Wait a bit for it to heat up a little — depending on your stove it could take up to a minute or so (I have a terrible stove…).
2. Once it’s a little warm sprinkle in the arrowroot, stir, and allow the mixture to bubble. Once it bubbles the compote will thicken.
3. Keep stirring so the compote doesn’t burn, and then turn the heat down to low to keep warm for your pancakes!